Job Description

Surgical Physician Assistant

Cancer care is all we do

Hope in healing

Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA®) takes a unique and integrative approach to cancer care. Our patient-centered care model is founded on a commitment to personalized medicine, tailoring a combination of treatments to the needs of each individual patient. At the same time, we support patients’ quality of life by offering therapies designed to help them manage the side effects of treatment, addressing their physical, spiritual and emotional needs, so they are better able to stay on their treatment regimens and get back to life. At the core of our whole-person approach is what we call the Mother Standard® of care, so named because it requires that we treat our patients, and one another, like we would want our loved ones to be treated. This innovative approach has earned our hospitals a Best Place to Work distinction and numerous accreditations. Each of us has a stake in the successful outcomes of every patient we treat.

Job Description:

Under the direction of the supervising physician, the dependent Advanced Practice Professional provides professional surgical services, within the scope of services as determined by the Arizona Regulatory Board of Physician Assistants, the Western Regional Medical Center (WRMC) medical staff rules and regulations and the WRMC administrative direction.  The Advanced Practice Professional is the agent of the respective supervising physicians for any medical services (within the supervising physician’s scope of practice)  that are delegated by that physician and that are;  within the Advanced Practice Professional scope of practice and are delineated by protocols, practice guidelines, or practice directives established by the supervising physician.  The Advanced Practice Professional may perform health care tasks in any setting authorized by the supervising physician.

Job Responsibilities

  • Performs first assistant duties in the OR and/or clinic with complete knowledge of the disease process and whole patient care scenario, including, but not limited to: positioning, preparation and draping of the patient; tissue manipulation; utilization of tying and suturing materials; drain/tube insertion; deep and superficial wound closure; application of internal devices and any other autonomous duties or procedures delegated by the supervising surgeon.
  • Performs non-anesthesia minor surgical procedures without in-room supervision.
  • Meets the specific needs of the attending surgeon and maintains the technical skills necessary to handle a broad range of procedures including, but not limited to: colorectal (including robotic cases), breast, plastic (including microvascular cases), orthopedic, gynecologic (including robotic cases), head & neck, thoracic (including robotic cases) and urologic (including robotic cases) services.
  • Consults, collaborates and communicates well with the surgeon and other consulting medical providers, and healthcare professionals such as hospitalists, intensivists, pain management, cardiologists, respiratory therapists, physical/occupational therapists, nurses, etc. in order to meet the needs of the patients.
  • Evaluates diagnoses and treats illnesses and injuries in the clinic, pre-op area, inpatient wards and internal medicine clinic.
  • Evaluates care and orders and interprets appropriate labs, special studies (i.e. radiographic studies), IVs, diet, and therapeutic interventions as required.
  • Educates and counsels patients.
  • Performs comprehensive and problem-focused histories and physical examinations, including pre-operative H & Ps and evaluations, post-operative evaluations, discharge documentation and follow up evaluations on surgical patients in the clinic, pre-op area, inpatient wards and internal medicine clinic.  Maintains the skills of the Primary Care PA.
  • Prescribes schedule II, III, IV or V controlled substances as defined in the federal controlled substances act of 1970 (P.L. 91-513; 84 Stat. 1242; 21 United States Code section 802) and prescription only medications.
  • Writes orders as indicated for pre-operative, intraoperative, post-operative and clinical follow up care and completes documentation in a timely fashion.
  • Ability to navigate the clinical information systems as needed to perform job duties. Knowledge and proficient with how to document patient orders, history and physicals, review the PACS System, and navigate through the surgical information system.
  • Strictly adheres to the Universal Protocol, while performing the role of Surgical Assistant in the operating suite under the direction of the supervising physician and/or while performing other medical procedures.

Job Qualifications

  • Minimum of 3 years as an Advanced Practice Professional

  • Must be a graduate of an accredited university.

  • ?American Heart Basic Life Support (BLS)
  • American Heart Advanced Cardiac Life support (ACLS)
  • Evidence of application for DEA certificate must be provided upon hire and obtained within 90 days of hire. Certification should be maintained thereafter unless waived by department/division.
  • Must be licensed/certified or eligible to practice as Physician Assistant in the State of Arizona.
  • Suturing and Laparoscopy experience required

We win together

Each CTCA employee is a Stakeholder, driven to make a true difference and help win the fight against cancer. Each day is a challenge, but this unique experience comes with rewards that you may never have thought possible. To ensure each team member brings his or her best self, we offer exceptional support and immersive training to encourage your personal and professional growth. If you’re ready to be part of something bigger and work with a passionate, dynamic group of care professionals, we invite you to join us. 

Visit:  Jobs.cancercenter.com to begin your journey.

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